Move over Mo & co, Cal’s coming through
You don’t have to be mad to be a Motogp rider, but actually you do! Cal Crutchlow is arguably the most normal, down-to-earth bloke in the Motogp madhouse and yet he most certainly has a few cogs working in a different way to the man in the street.
To win, to be successful at the very top of motorcycle racing, your brain has to work in a certain way. A way that allows you to get back on a bike after crashing at 200mph and go even faster the very next lap. Cal’s incredible victory in Brno is the result of six years bloody hard graft in Motogp. He’s seen more than his fair share of pain and suffering – in some ways he’s given more and struggled more than some of his more esteemed colleagues.
Never quite on the best bike on the grid, he’s put inferior machinery on the podium an incredible 10 times and often mixed it with the socalled Aliens. And he’s suffered for his art. He’s crashed a bonecrushing 92 times over his 98race Motogp campaign and tops the charts with 16 tumbles so far in 2016 as he tries everything in and out of his control to make the RC213V competitive. Something only Supreme Alien Marc Marquez seems to have managed this year.
Crutchlow pulls no punches on or off the track and that’s why to many he’s a bit of a love-himor-loathe him character. But that’s what makes him special, funny, exciting, unpredictable, challenging and brilliant. He has succeeded where so many incredible British riders have failed.
Of course, he should get a gold medal to reflect his services to British sport. Of course, he should be mentioned in the same breath as Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins and Andy Murray when voting for the BBC Sports Personality starts soon. He won’t win the BBC gong... especially as the Beeb doesn’t show Motogp anymore, but we need to start bombarding the BBC with emails demanding his inclusion in the shortlist – and then it’s a public vote. And, of course, there’s plenty more fun and games to come from Cal. Let’s pray for rain and another slice of history at Silverstone in a week’s time.